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prattle

[prat-l] /ˈpræt l/
verb (used without object), prattled, prattling.
1.
to talk in a foolish or simple-minded way; chatter; babble.
verb (used with object), prattled, prattling.
2.
to utter by chattering or babbling.
noun
3.
the act of prattling.
4.
chatter; babble:
the prattle of children.
5.
a babbling sound:
the prattle of water rushing over stones.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; < Middle Low German pratelen to chatter, frequentative of praten to prate; see -le
Related forms
prattler, noun
prattlingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. gab, jabber, gabble, blab.
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Examples for prattle
  • But journalists ignore the both of us and prattle on regardless, as if it were factual.
  • His donnish prattle has all the charm of a nine o'clock lecture in a draughty, badly-lit room.
  • It's one thing to have your monkey's on the left prattle on about how bad the filibuster is.
  • Their prattle is the soothing small-talk that takes our minds off more serious matters.
  • Insipid prattle is often a great deterrent to would-be skirt chasers.
  • These people natter and natter, and when they are not nattering, they prattle.
  • History has a knack of lifting the veil of ignorance, and prattle.
  • No movie star wanted to prattle about her designer dress while the nation was at war.
  • Don't prattle on about valuable teachers are, prove it and address the issues that really inhibit learning.
British Dictionary definitions for prattle

prattle

/ˈprætəl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to talk in a foolish or childish way; babble
2.
(transitive) to utter in a foolish or childish way
noun
3.
foolish or childish talk
Derived Forms
prattler, noun
prattlingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Middle Low German pratelen to chatter; see prate
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Word Origin and History for prattle
prattle
1532, frequentative of prate (q.v.). The noun is attested from 1555.
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